Council OKs next year’s city budget

December 22, 2008

By Jon Savelle

Issaquah’s city budget is set for 2009.

Formally adopted by the City Council on Dec. 15, the budget details spending of $109.5 million for the year.This amount is less than it might have been had the council and administration not found costs to cut. Their efforts carried a certain urgency this year as a weak economy, job losses and reduced tax revenues painted a dire picture of the future.

Issaquah is in better shape than many local governments, having been able to maintain its reserve fund mostly intact while also funding various nonprofit organizations and social service providers. But no one is sure that can be repeated for 2010.

Among the cuts in the 2009 budget were funding for Christmas tree lights, a remodel of Municipal Court and utility work for a new trolley barn.

As in previous years, reaching a consensus on the budget for 2009 required effort. Starting with the administration’s proposal to the council Oct. 8, the process included seven work sessions and a public hearing.

By Dec. 15, all the wrinkles had been ironed out and the budget was approved without comment as part of the consent calendar.

Reach Reporter Jon Savelle at 392-6434, ext. 234, or jsavelle@isspress.com.

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